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Two Tips to Keep Them on the Edge of their Seats

Posted March 20th, 2010 by Martin Presse with 1 Comment

Keep your audience on the edge of their seats!How great would it be if you could write a speech and know that the techniques you used put you miles ahead of other speakers? These techniques can be used time and time again. They’re easy to learn, easy to implement and can be used time and time again.

Here are two tips you can use to keep audiences on the edge of the seats.

1) Dialogue… Dialogue… Dialogue.

100% of audiences love to hear what was said and how it was said. For example, which of the following do you think is better?

My father and I sat in the waiting room. My wife had just given birth to our first child and my dad told me he thought I’d make an excellent father.

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My father and I sat in the waiting room. My wife had just given birth to our first child. My dad turned to me and said, “Son, you make me so proud, I have no doubt you will be an excellent father.”

Can you hear the difference? The version with the dialogue will help you bring the audience much closer to you and add in your connection with them. Imagine how effective this would be if you added some emotion behind it…paused after you said it, and really let it sink it for the audience.
During a seven to ten minute speech I like to make about a third of the speech dialogue.

2) Conflict.

The most valuable lesson I learned while competing and reaching the finals of Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in 2008, was that conflict is the heart of any story/speech. During your speech try to get to the conflict as quickly as you can. I like to get to it within the first 90 seconds.

Why conflict? Conflict is the reason we watched The Titanic is complete rapture. How quickly will the water rise, will they live or die, will they make it to America. We all knew the great ship sunk but we wanted to hear the stories and see how the conflicts were resolved. Every great story must have some conflict that must be overcome otherwise is just a story where everything is perfect and everybody is happy all the time. Does that sound realistic you to, of course not…. so go ahead, get to the conflict!

Posted in: Public Speaking Skills Speech Coaching Toastmasters
Tags: conflict dialogue storytelling
Written by: Martin Presse

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